Assume the Position

Thursday, October 02, 2003
 
If Wesley Clark Were A Republican, Then…

Amiri Baraka (former New Jersey poet laureate) would add a stanza to his infamous poem:

Who bombed the Serb's TV
Who blew up China's embassy
Who bombed the passenger train
Who sent the orders for that plane
Who demanded Apaches that never flew
Who wanted to send US ground troops too
Who ordered the Brits to start World War III
Who got angry when they didn't agree
Who commanded the war in Kosovo
Who was the commander of NATO
Who? Who? Who?

Michael Moore, instead of appealing to Clark to "Run!," would be rehashing stuff he wrote in 1999:

Did you personally know any of the people who were killed in the village of Pristina (capitol of Kosovo) last week? Had they ever done anything to harm you? How about the children who were blown to bits in the building in Prizren? Had they ever threatened you in any way to cause you to have to kill them in self-defense? Perhaps you had met the people who were incinerated by us on the train to Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Can you tell me why you would want to take their lives?

I'm sorry to personalize it in this way, but this slaughter is being conducted in your name and mine, and I'll tell you, this is blood I don't want on my hands. We will all have to answer for this some day, and I would like to be able to say that I did not sit by silently while this was being done, and that I did whatever I could to stop it as soon as possible.

And far from letting the story continue that he was "apparently unaware that he was being deceived by Clark's detractors" in the JCS when he agreed to Clark's early replacement as SACEUR, Bill Clinton would be draping himself in the mantle of Truman, claiming he had to do it to save the world from a loose cannon because, as Truman said about firing MacArthur:

It was with the deepest personal regret that I found myself compelled to take this action. General MacArthur is one of our greatest military commanders. But the cause of world peace is more important than any individual.

[I've always considered the military interventions during the dissolution of Yugoslavia to have been politically inevitable. And that means that General Clark was given a tough job to do. But the libertarian and leftist and "international law" complaints about Operation Iraqi Freedom were shouted before, during, and after Operation Allied Force as well. Many of the Republicans who opposed "Clinton's War" were just as partisanly wrongheaded as many of the Democrats who oppose "Bush's War." General Clark's problem is that "Clark's War" runs from 1995 (Bosnia) through 1999 (Kosovo) and nearly all of the contemporaneous news reports are still available on the web—almost every complaint about the conduct of the war in Iraq has a nearly identical counterpart in Kosovo, and two of the exceptions (specifically targeting civil infrastructure and the use of US ground forces) lean in Bush's favor.]


Wednesday, October 01, 2003
 

Progress is faltering, not in Iraq, but here on the blog.

About four months ago, as I was approaching the first anniversary of the blog, I realized I was bored with blogging and only going through the motions out of some ill-defined feeling of obligation, so I basically quit posting. (I published several empty posts to create a few weekly archive files because I though I might use them to organize some of my earlier posts; but other than that, nada.) I'm just glad I didn't waste the time and money to move off blogspot and then get bored with blogging.

Several times during the break I though about resuming. I'd write something with the intention of posting it and then change my mind for various reasons. On one occasion when I actually got to the point of posting an item, I discovered the blog had been moved to the newer Blogger software. Instead of posting anything, I ended up just playing around with the new screens.

This time, at least, I've made it as far as posting this and updating the blogroll. So there is some progress. It remains to be seen whether the break was temporary, of if this return to blogging will prove short-lived. At the moment, I'm hoping for the former, but I don't discount the chances of the latter.




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